“During this time” photographic walk of Véronique Ellena in Toulon
The Rue des Arts in Toulon continues its program of outdoor exhibition and for this third proposal, it receives the work of the French photographer Véronique Ellena. Born in 1966 in Bourg-en-Bresse, Véronique Ellena lives and works in Paris. She was a boarder at the Villa Medici in Rome between 2007 and 2008, when the series “Invisible.” from which the photograph was taken“San Luca e Martino.”currently on display at the Hôtel Départemental des Arts for the“Cities and Men – A Look at the Florence and Damien Bachelot Collection” event. Véronique Ellena observes daily life through her lens. For this exhibition in the public space of Toulon, she chose twenty-three images illustrating these little things that make up existence: Sundays, The great moments of life, The most beautiful age…so many representations of everyday mythologies enriched with values of permanence, eternity or simply of temporal immobilization. A walk through life.
These banal things, so repeated and which chant the days, even the weeks or the months, are an echo to the genre painting, a Dutch tradition of the XVIIe and XVIIIe centuries La Laitière by Johannes Vermeer is replaced by the preparation of the meal and Lice hunting gerard Terborch‘s hairdressing session. “I chose to elevate these modest but founding elements to the rank of works of art,” the photographer tells us. The strength of these images lies in the fact that they do not photograph people, objects, places or moments but relationships where living beings, objects, places and time are taken. This hanging was thought by the artist like a kind of intimate diary which becomes universal by the magic and the presence of the images. A newspaper from which one would come to draw a vital breath to re-enchant the daily life. A reality fixed as close as possible which immortalizes these existential details enriching our lives.
“It’s very rare for an artist to exhibit outside, it’s to put his own art in the street while taking a risk, that of sharing with people live, without filters, the thing for which we live: our work,” Véronique Ellena explains. When she first walked through the Rue des Artsthe exhibition “Story starter.” of photographers Mathilde Geldhof and Benjamin Mouly was still visible. “So I wondered what I was going to put in these frames and I thought they were like open windows on what’s going on inside the buildings. Behind the frames, there are all the things of daily life.” This series of images was made between 1996 and 2000, an important series for the artist,“filled with tenderness, sacredness and intimacy.“ As for her technique of work, she uses the silver camera, on foot, with a veil on the head in order to sacralize the moment, and develops in room. Each image is a staging composed with members of his family or relatives. A practice that requires time, patience in order to freeze both on paper and in our minds, these founding but fleeting memories. As a matter of fact, Veronique Ellena admits: “What interests me is popular and sacred iconography. This exhibition is a social fresco that speaks to everyone. There’s color, tenderness, love and humour. Human beings need simplicity, but they also need to be told about their daily lives, showing them that behind small banal things there are great moments.
We will find the work of Véronique Ellena on the stand of the gallery Alain Gutharc at Art Paris Art Fair, from 05 to 08 April 2018 with a much more recent work. “The images in the Clair-Obscur series are made from enlarged color negatives. There is a trivial and unique side to working on these negatives. It’s a series about the past, a parallel world. These are mental images to be discovered with reverie and onirism.” The photographer has always questioned the history of photography, the history of art and painting in particular. These references between tradition and modernization are a common thread in his creative journey where the icons of the past are updated.Until April 22, 2018
During this time
Rue des Arts – Espace public de la Rue Pierre SémardCentre-ville
Toulon 83000More info here
Art Paris Art Fair linkhere
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